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Teachers march against racial injustice in Tacoma on June 14th.

National Anthem Crisis

Should you kneel, stand, or sit?


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Nathan DiCarlo (left) and Doug Carson (right) were interviewed about the NFL protests.

National Anthem Crisis

Updated October 16, 2017 at 5 p.m.

The protests began with the NFL player, Colin Kaepernick, nearly thirteen months ago and his motivations were clear. He was bringing awareness towards police brutality and the racial inequality present in the U.S. and his protest was widely discussed. The player engaged in a hiatus from football and now the protests gained traction through Donald’s Trump tweet.

On Sept. 25th, Donald Trump wrote a tweet calling out the players for their protest and how it disrespects veterans and the U.S. This tweet help acted like a catalyst and motivated some players to protest less, but others protested more than ever.  The motivations behind the current protests are either against Donald Trump, police brutality, or racial inequality.

The protests have been supported by some veterans, athletes, and even students here on campus. Basketball player Frank Banks, who is studying kinesiology have to said, “I understand the motivation behind their protests and how they don’t tolerate police brutality and the racial problems in America. I also understand how the song was made for veterans, but it doesn’t matter if people disrespect the flag because people of color are still getting disrespected.”

Another form of protesting observed is raising a fist in solidarity of racial inequality and police brutality. This form of protesting also refers towards the Black Panther movement and this form of protesting hasn’t been commented on. Some athletes like Frank Banks also claim how the national anthem have direct historical roots of slavery and racism.

The athletic director, Duncan Steven said, “I think it’s creating a conversation in the U.S. about injustice and inequality. We don’t have a policy on protesting, but we allow our players to express their freedom of speech and protest.”

Veteran student, Nathan DiCarlo, who is studying graphic design said, “They make a good point by bringing awareness to police brutality and racial equality. It’s a silent protest and their exercising their rights. The same constitutional rights that I fought for them. “

Operations manager, Doug Carson said, “I think Colin Kaepernick and the other players have a constitutional right to protest, but the owners can choose to fire the players as well. “

Part of the source for the protests can be found in a verse of the national anthem. It refers to “hirelings and slaves” and some have used it to highlight how the national anthem has direct racism and mention of slavery. It also could also be taken as a metaphorical sense, as hirelings refers to the poorer class.

As more people become engaged in the protest, it will continue to evolve. One thing is for certain, it is an issue that will not fade.

Black History is American history

Kaitlyn Turner Staff Writer

February is known nationwide as Black History Month. This delegation of an entire month to the remembrance of significant African Americans throughout our country’s history is, by general consensus, very important.

It, as well as months such as Asian History Month and Hispanic History Month, is seen as a way of setting people of color equal to the white people who supposedly discriminate against them.

Sadly, people think that American History is the equivalent of White History, but the truth is that people of all colors have played a big part in making America what it is today—that’s why America is considered the Melting Pot of the world.

Racism is seen as individuals being treated differently according to their racial designation. How, by that standard, is it not racist to designate an entire month to honoring one race in specific?

We Americans have defined ourselves as “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

When we are taught to hold that as the truth and as the identity for our country, setting aside months in recognition of only specific portions of our population contradicts the simplest definition of who we are as a nation.

The very segregation that Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to fighting against is being encouraged, and yet it’s all supposed to be in the name of honoring of him and other black people who made a significant contribution to our society.

Black History Month is unfair to not just white people, but Americans of all racial backgrounds.

With no White History Month, Americans have basically decided to honor White contributions to our society every day, while only paying homage to the contributions of minorities in their designated months. If we ever truly want to achieve the “equality” that people of all races have fought so hard to make the groundwork our present-day American society, we need to stop having months like Black History Month, and focus on acknowledging all of the different cultures that make up the patchwork that is America.

Instead of dividing history into months like Black History Month, we need to let everything that’s happened—no matter what color the skin of the people who did it is— be a part of American History instead.

color conference

Lloyd Shisler
Staff Writer

People all have dealt with racism. Racism has even affected our lives in a lot of ways. As the generations move on, we see less and less in the world. The Washington State Multicultural Student Services Director Council is sponsoring the event. This event will bring together more than 700 students from colleges throughout the state.

Students who attend this conference will find great opportunities to develop critical leadership skills, expand their knowledge about different cultures, and even make new friends. The conference offers students to share personal, academic, and community experiences with other students.

Students are asked to obey the ground rules. Students will be encouraged to respect their fellow students while following the Student Conduct Code. This will help with productive discussions among students. Students are asked to be honest with others and themselves.

The conference is guided by five main themes; Identity Development, Awareness of Others, Skills Development, Social Justice and Social Activism, and Personal Development. The main goal of the conference is to support Washington State community and Technical college students to become more active advocates of their own education, life choices, and expand the opportunities and possibilities for students to become representatives of change.

The conference consists of 5 sessions with up to 16 workshops per session. This event will be happening during April 14 through the 16. This will be a great chance for students to ask and grow with other students as they learn about each other. This is an opportunity to help each other understand each other in hopes in bringing people closer together.

To apply for the conference, students had to write a one-page essay on how their ethnicity has affected their life. They must have at least a 2.0 GPA, filled out an application and have it all turned in by February 22. If you were not able to apply for this and wanted to, do not worry. You will be able to apply next year for the 2014 color conference.

All registration costs, accommodations, and transportation will be covered by the Center for Equity and Engagement and the Student Body Association for those students selected to win. Out of 76 students that applied, only 40 students from the Fort. Steilacoom campus will be selected to attend this conference.

Two student ambassadors were asked about how they felt about the color conference. Austin Miller said, “The students of the Color Conference is an amazing opportunity for students from all cultures and backgrounds to participate in an enriching and life-changing experience.”

Kassandra Withrow said, “I think students that attend the color conference is a great way to learn about the social issues we have in society. You get to learn about problems that might be difficult and uncomfortable to talk about, but that also allows you to grow as a person.”

There are many reasons why people judge or stereotype each other. The main reason is a miss understanding of each other. The lack of knowledge of putting your self in their “shoes.” Taking steps like the conference, and taking the time to learn about the other person, is a way for people to come together and to get to know each other as people and not as a miss understood person outside of yourself.

United States: a country continues to be divided by racism

Tamara Kelly
Staff Writer

Civil war could accrue if Obama elected for second term

Julian Bond, a civil rights leader, spoke at the Puyallup campus on Thursday, Oct. 18 about racism and its active and passive behaviors that are apparent even today.  Bond noted that racism is “absolutely parallel in the American experience.”

While racism is often thought of as individual behavior and individual actions, Bond went on to explain that it is a complex set of societal actions and attitudes that are both conscious and unconscious.

Bond used an analogy to help explain the difference in active and passive racism. Active racist material involves walking forward at top speed on a moving sidewalk. Passive racist behavior is standing still on a moving sidewalk, but the sidewalk carries the rider forward. Unless the rider turns around and runs backward faster than the sidewalk can carry him forward he receive the same benefits as the active racist who is racing forward at top speed.

“Unlike all the other ethnic variations of an all American theme, African-Americans remain the indigestible alternative; they refuse to agree to white supremacy,” Bond said. “And unlike the others, black ethnic vocalization has often been characterized and demeaned as identity politics, somehow democratically illegitimate, while white variants like: puritanism, The Confederacy, Klu Klux Klan, the Moral Majority, Tea Party and others are simply ordinary expressions of democratic activism.”

Bond said that race is a social construct not a biological absolute. It’s not like gender, which is determined by an X or Y chromosome and that there is no genetic marker for race. Most genetic markers are within racial groups, not between them. If race is insignificant biologically it has significance with in it culturally.

With the election of America’s first black president many burdens of racial stereotypes were thought of as broken, but an unrealistic pressure was placed upon Obama’s shoulders for racial tensions. Bond explained.

“With the views of Rick Perry and County Judge, Thomas Head suggesting an internal state war might be in the United States future if Obama is reelected again, shows that we are a country divided,” said Bond. “Both our response to the nations first black president and our response to the Civil War’s anniversary confirmed that we are still a country at war with it’s self, but we’re not the same country, we’ve gone from civil war to civil rights.”

Bond reminds us that while Martin Luther King was the face of civil right we must not forget that the civil rights was a display of thousands of blacks moving together for a purpose.

“It relied not on the noted, but on the nameless. Not the famous, but on the faceless.” Bond said.

The civil rights movement brought about change not just for black Americans, but also changed the way we contribute to making those changes, by sit-ins and voting.  It paved the way for other movements to be heard.

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